Personal Space

Paid hands

thorough

indifferent

the second tuesday of each month

 

vanity unwelcome

mumbled

averted gaze

tipped well

shuffled out

 

skin against skin

five minutes

maybe less

not enough

 

he began the mourning

before it was finished

before he was toweled off

 

he always paid for the shampoo

fingers like bolts of lightning

tracing across his scalp

mechanical, professional,

eyes closed

he almost believed.

 

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